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Practice of audiology means the application of evidence-based practice in clinical decision making for the prevention, assessment, habilitation, rehabilitation, and maintenance of persons with hearing, auditory function, and vestibular function impairments and related impairments, including (1) cerumen removal from the cartilaginous outer one-third portion of the external auditory canal when the presence of cerumen may affect the accuracy of hearing evaluations or impressions of the ear canal for amplification devices and (2) evaluation, selection, fitting, and dispensing of hearing aids, external processors of implantable hearing aids, and assistive technology devices as part of a comprehensive audiological rehabilitation program. Practice of audiology does not include the practice of medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or surgery.
 
Practice of speech-language pathology means the application of principles and methods associated with the development and disorders of human communication skills and with dysphagia, which principles and methods include screening, assessment, evaluation, treatment, prevention, consultation, and restorative modalities for speech, voice, language, language-based learning, hearing, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions for the purpose of improving quality of life by reducing impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers. Practice of speech-language pathology does not include the practice of medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or surgery. 
 
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LICENSURE EXCEPTIONS: Refer to Title 172 NAC 23-001 - SCOPE AND AUTHORITY. 

 
QUALIFICATIONS FOR AUDIOLOGY/SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY LICENSURE
 
Education: Any applicant who is applying on the basis of education must submit:
  • An official transcript (official means issued and sealed by the issuing institution) showing proof of a degree or its equivalent in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology from a program accredited by the Education Standards Board of the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
    • Graduation with a master’s degree or its equivalent in Speech-Language Pathology from an academic program accredited by the Education Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; or
    • Graduation prior to September 1, 2007 – with a master’s degree or its equivalent in Audiology from a program: or
    • Graduation on or after September 1, 2007 – with a doctoral degree or its equivalent in Audiology accredited by the Education Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Official documentation of passing the PRAXIS II Examination in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. When requesting your scores from the Educational Testing Service, please use the following Nebraska Code: 7646
  • Documentation of Completion of the Professional Experience.
 
Verification of Certificate of Clinical Competence from American Speech Language Hearing  Association: All
applicants who are applying on the basis of endorsement by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
(301-296-5700) or equivalent and are in active practice, must have official documentation of the Certificate of Clinical
Competence submitted to the Licensure Unit.
 
Passed Licensure Examination - Not Currently Practicing: An applicant who has met the education, professional experience and examination requirements, who passed the examination more than three years prior to the time of application for licensure, and is not practicing at the time of application for licensure, must present proof to the Department that 50 hours of continuing education were completed. Continuing education must be within the three years preceding this application. (Attachment A3)
 
Licensed in Another Jurisdiction and Currently Practicing: If you hold a license to practice Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology in another jurisdiction and are in active practice, you must have the licensing agency complete the
Certification of Applicant's License in Audiology or Speech Language Pathology. (Attachment A2) 
 
Licensed in Another Jurisdiction - Not Currently Practicing:
An applicant who has met the education, professional experience and examination requirements, who passed the examination more than three years prior to the time of application for licensure, and is not practicing at the time of application for licensure, must present proof to the Department that 50 hours of continuing education were completed. Continuing education must be within the three years preceding this application. (Attachment A3)
 
Other Required Documentation and Fee:
  • A completed  application;
  • Appropriate licensure fee;
  • Proof of age of majority;
  • Proof that the applicant is a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted into the United States who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act, or a nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act.
  • Convictions (if applicable):  If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, you must submit the required documentation listed in Section J of the application; and

Renewal Information

All Audiology and Speech Language Pathology licenses expire December 1 of each even-numbered year. The Department will send all active license holders a renewal notice at least 30 days before December 1 of each even-numbered year to the
license holder’s last address of record. The licensee must choose one of the following options during the renewal period:
  • Active status: Submit the renewal notice, the renewal fee of $140 and attestation of completing 20 hours of continuing education during the preceding 24 month period; or
  • Inactive status: Submit the renewal notice with a check in the box marked inactive. No fee is required for inactive status.

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Continuing Competency for Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
 
On or before December 1 of each even-numbered year, each person holding an active credential, must comply with the continuing competency requirements, unless the requirements are waived in accordance with 172 NAC 23-005.03, 23-005.04 and 23-005.04A.  The Department waives continuing competency requirements for individuals who were first credentialed within the 24-month period immediately preceding the renewal date

The licensee must complete 20 hours of continuing education for each renewal period. It is the licensee’s responsibility to attend or participate in continuing education activities which meet the guidelines pursuant to 172 NAC 23-004.01A and NAC 23-004.01B.
 

Reinstatement for Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology

An individual whose credential has expired, been placed on inactive status, voluntarily surrendered unrelated to discipline, been placed on lapsed status or non-disciplinary revocation may apply for reinstatement at any time.

The applicant must:
  • Submit a completed reinstatement application;
  • Obtain 20 hours  of acceptable continuing education; and
  • Pay the fee(s)

An individual whose credential was suspended or limited may apply for reinstatement at any time. An individual whose credential has been revoked may apply for reinstatement after a period of two years has elapsed from the date of revocation. An individual whose credential was voluntarily surrendered may apply for reinstatement according to the order entered by the Director. To apply for reinstatement, the individual must contact the Licensure Unit for further direction. (402-471-2299) 

Qualifications for  Audiology or Speech Language Pathology Temporary Licensure

A temporary license may be issued to an applicant who has established residence in Nebraska and has met all requirements for licensure pursuant to 172 NAC 23-003.01 except: 
  • Completion of the professional experience; or
  • Passing the licensure examination

Professional Experience means at least 36 weeks of full time professional experience of 35 clock hours per week or equivalent part-time experience totaling a minimum of 1260 hours. A temporary license is valid until:

  • The completion of the professional experience which may not extend beyond 18 months for part-time experience; or
  • The results of the next examination are available to the Department at which time the license terminates.

Upon completion of the Clinical Fellowship, the temporary license becomes null and void. If you continue to practice you may be subject to an administrative penalty of $10.00 per day up to a maximum of $1,000.00. You must apply by education for permanent licensure upon completion of the Clinical Fellowship.

Documentation and Fee Required
You must submit the following:
  • A completed application;
  • Appropriate licensure fee;
  • An official transcript (official means issued and sealed by the issuing institution) showing proof of a degree or its equivalent in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology from a program accredited by the Education Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Official documentation of passing the PRAXIS II Examination in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. When requesting your scores from the Educational Testing Service, please use the following Nebraska Code: 7646
  • Proof of age of majority;
  • Proof that the applicant is a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted into the United States who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act, or a nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act; and
  • Convictions (if applicable): If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, you must submit the required documentation listed in Section F of the application.

Applicants who have not passed the licensure exam but have completed the Clinical Fellowship

Documentation of completion of the Clinical Fellowship (Form A1) that meets the following criteria:
  • Completed under the supervision of an Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a valid Nebraska license or who meets Nebraska requirements for licensure or one who holds certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The supervisor’s license or certification must be in the professional area in which the Clinical Fellow works;
  • Consist of direct clinical work with patients, consultations, record keeping, and other duties relevant to a program of clinical work including clinical experience with persons who have communication handicaps. The professional experience must deal directly with the management of treatment programs for specific patients or clients; and
  • The supervising Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist monitored and evaluated the applicant’s performance.

Qualifications for Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited training program in communication disorders, or
  • Associate’s degree from an accredited training program in communication disorders, or
  • Professional education that is equivalent to an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree. The equivalent coursework meets the requirements outlined in Neb Rev Stat. §38-521.

Documentation and Fee Required

  • A completed application;
  • The appropriate licensure fee;
  • Proof of age of majority;
  • Proof that the applicant is a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted into the United States who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act, or a nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act; and
  • Convictions (if applicable): If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, you must submit the required documentation listed in Section C of the application; and
  • An official transcript (official means issued and sealed by the issuing institution) showing proof of an associate’s degree or bachelor's degree, or the equivalent of an associate's degree or bachelor's degree be sent to the Department

Qualifications for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Supervisor

To receive a credential to practice as an audiology or speech-language pathology assistant supervisor, the applicant must:
  • Have a current audiology or speech-language pathology license in Nebraska; and
  • Be in active practice as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist in Nebraska.

Required Documentation and Fee
  • A completed application
  • One-time credential fee of $25

The audiologist or speech-language pathologist may only supervise two assistants.
 
When supervision of an audiology or speech-language pathology assistant is terminated:
  • The audiologist or speech-language pathologist must notify the Department in writing within 30 days of the termination and the date supervision ceased, and
  • The audiology or speech-language pathology assistant must cease providing any audiology or speech-language pathology services on the date the approved supervision is terminated
Expiration of Registration for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

All audiology and speech-language pathology assistant registrations issued by the Department will expire one year from the date of issuance.  

Continuing Competency for Registered Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

On or before the date of expiration, the audiology or speech-language pathology assistant must meet the continuing competency requirement of ten hours of in-service training, unless the requirements are waived in accordance with 172 NAC 24-005.03, 24-005.04 and 24-005.04A.  The Department waives continuing competency requirements for individuals who were first credentialed within the 12-month period immediately preceding the renewal date.  

Renewal for Registered Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

All Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant registrations expire one year from the date of issuance. The Department will send all active credential holders a renewal notice at least 30 days before the expiration date. The credential holder must choose one of the following options during the renewal period:
  • Active status: Submit the renewal notice, the renewal of fee of $60 and attestation of completing 10 hours of in-service training during the preceding 12-month period; or
  • Inactive status: Submit the renewal notice with a check in the box marked inactive. No fee is required for inactive status
Inactive - means that you cannot practice but may represent yourself as having an inactive license. To change from inactive to active status, you must meet renewal requirements which are in effect at the time the status change is requested.  

REINSTATMENT FOR AUDIOLOGY/SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT
An individual whose credential has expired, been placed on inactive status, voluntarily surrendered unrelated to discipline, been placed on lapsed status or non-disciplinary revocation may apply for reinstatement at any time.
The applicant must:
  • Submit a completed reinstatement application;
  • Obtain ten hours of in-service training; and
  • Pay the fee(s)

An individual whose credential was suspended or limited may apply for reinstatement at any time. An individual whose credential has been revoked may apply for reinstatement after a period of two years has elapsed from the date of revocation. An individual whose credential was voluntarily surrendered may apply for reinstatement according to the order entered by the Director. To apply for reinstatement, the individual must contact the Licensure Unit for further direction. (402-471-2299)

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Jurisprudence Examination

The pdf tag jurisprudence examination is not a requirement for licensure in Nebraska. However, the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology feels that if you do not participate in this test, you may not have the knowledge of what is needed to practice Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology in Nebraska.
 
The following open book jurisprudence examination is provided for your benefit to assist you in gaining further knowledge about the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology in the state of Nebraska in order to protect your license.
 
 
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Examination Requirements

The qualifying examination for licensure in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology is Praxis II Audiology Examination and the Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Examination provided by the Educational Testing Service.

Educational Testing Service
Rosedale Road, MS 04-R
Princeton, New Jersey 08541
Telephone Number: (609) 921-9000
Fax Number: (609) 734-5410
www.ets.org 
 
 

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Applications

These forms may be completed online; however, they cannot be submitted via e-mail due to the fact that all applications and forms require original signatures. If you complete the form online, you must print the form and mail it to the address below.
Fees (if applicable) are payable to: DHHS/Licensure Unit Licensure Unit

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
 
pdf tag Reinstatement Application - Audiology/speech-Language Pathology
pdf tag Reinstatement Application - Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
 
Name and Address Change

To request an address change, contact Sue Kopera-Crumb at (402) 471-2299 or e-mail at: susan.koperacrumb@nebraska.gov

If you wish to change your name on your Licensure record, you must mail a pdf tag written request with your signature notarized along with a copy of the legal document verifying name change to:
Licensure Unit
Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
 
Duplicates/Reissue
  • Duplicates: A duplicate large license or small license card may be requested at the time of initial licensure. A $10.00 fee, per document, is required.
  • Reissue: A large license and/or small license card may be reissued when the licensee requests: additional documents; replacement of original document(s) due to loss, mutilation or destruction; or replacement of document(s) due to a name change.

To request a reissued license, you must submit a pdf tag request for reissuance, and include a fee in the amount of $10.00 per document. Submit said request to:

Licensure Unit
Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986 
 
 
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Rules and Regulations/Statutes 

Regulations relating to the Practice of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology-172 NAC 23
Regulations relating to Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants- 172 NAC 24
Statutes relating to Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
Uniform Credentialing Act
Regulations relating to Mandatory Reporting 
Mandatory Reporting Forms 
 
 
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Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Information
 
The Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology advises the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Licensure Unit on all issues related to the regulation of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Board member composition and length of terms follows:
 
Membership:
 
2 Audiologists
1 Speech-Language Pathologist
1 Public Member
Length of Term:
5 years, no more than 2 consecutive full 5-year terms.
Professional Requirements: Been actively engaged in practice of his/her profession in the State of Nebraska, under a license issued in this state, for a period of 5 years just preceding his/her appointment.
Public Member:

Be a resident of this state who has attained the age of majority;

Represent the interests and viewpoints of consumers;

and Not be a present or former member of a credentialed profession, an employee of a member of a credentialed profession,

or an immediate family or household member of any person presently regulated by such board.
 
The Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology meets at least 1 time per year - see Board meeting Schedule for meeting dates and times. Meetings are open to the public, with the exception of investigational matters. Minutes of meetings are available here or by contacting Bill Wisell at (402) 471-2299 or by e-mail at bill.wisell@nebraska.gov.
 
 

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Office Address:
Mailing Address Physical Address
Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986  Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th and M Streets
3rd Floor
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4986

Phone: 402-471-2299
Fax: 402-471-3577
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (central time)  Monday through Friday
 
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Licensing/Registration Questions:

Sue Kopera-Crumb
Health Licensing Specialist
Phone: 402-471-2299
e-mail susan.koperacrumb@nebraska.gov

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Scope of Practice, Continuing Education & Board Related Questions:
Bill Wisell
Health Licensing Coordinator
Phone: 402-471-2299
e-mail bill.wisell@nebraska.gov
 
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Scope of Practice Questions

Rene Tiedt 
Program Manager of the Office of Rehabilitation and Community Services
Phone: 402-471-2299
e-mail rene.tiedt@nebraska.gov 
 
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Other Links/Sites of Interest

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Telephone Number (Toll-free, Voice or TTY): 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700
www.asha.org

National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
P. O. Box 326
Wellsburg, WV 26070
Telephone Number
www.ncsb.info
 
Nebraska Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSLHA)
1633 Normandy Court, Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68512
Telephone Number 402-476-9573
Fax Number: 402-476-6547
 
 
 
 
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Certification/Verification
 
Certification and Verification information can be obtained by checking the website at www.nebraska.gov/LISSearch/search.cgi  
 
To request either a certification or verification or your license to be sent to another state licensing agency, send your request in writing along with the proper fee to the our office. Checks should be made payable to DHHS/Licensure Unit

Certification   Fee - $25.00
 
Certification includes:
  • Name
  • Profession
  • License number
  • Issuance date
  • Expiration date
  • School and date of graduation
  • Whether the license was granted by, education, endorsement or reciprocity<
  • Examination information, if available
  • Whether disciplinary action has been taken against the license. If so, the type(s) and date(s) of the action will be included.
  • Administrator signature
  • SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Verification      Fee - $5.00

Verification includes: written confirmation as to whether a license or registration was valid at the time the request was made.

  • Name
  • Profession
  • License Number
  • Expiration Date
  • Department Staff Signature

Nebraska Verifications do not include the SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services nor information relating to discipline, school, or examination.

 
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The Licensee Assistance Program  (LAP) is an assessment, education, referral, case management, and monitoring service designed to help licensees, certificate holders, and registrants of the State of Nebraska work through substance abuse/addiction problems.
 
The LAP services are free. However, in some cases treatment from a community resource agency may be needed. If further assistance is needed, the LAP Coordinator will help refer the Licensee to the most appropriate agency. When a treatment referral is made, those expenses become the responsibility of the Licensee.

This program was authorized by pdf tag Neb. Rev. Stat. §38-175 and is funded by license fees.
LAP telephone number:  800- 851-2336 or 402)-354-8055. You may also visit their website at www.lapne.org.
 
 
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How do I file a complaint? To file a complaint, see the Investigations Division web site: www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_investi.aspx

 

What activities must be reported by a licensee, certificate holder, or registrant? Every credentialed person who has first-hand knowledge of unlicensed, illegal or unethical activities is required to report (includes self-reporting) within 30 days of the occurrence. Failure to report may result in discipline. To view additional information relating to mandatory reporting, click on the options below: 

Mandatory Reporting shall not apply:
  • To the spouse of the person;
  • To a practitioner who is providing treatment to such person in a practitioner-patient relationship concerning information obtained or discovered in the course of treatment unless the treating practitioner determines that the condition of the person may be of a nature which constitutes a danger to the public health and safety by the person's continued practice; or
  • When a credentialed person who is chemically impaired enters the Licensee Assistance Program authorized by pdf tag Neb. Rev. Stat. §38-175 except as provided in such section.

How is a complaint reviewed, and what is the disciplinary process? The following provides information relating to the complaint, investigative, and disciplinary process. Investigations web site www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_investi.aspx

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